By Thomas C. Oden
2014 top Theological Memoir from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore
How did one of many 20th century's so much celebrated liberals have one of these dramatic swap of middle?
After starting to be up within the middle of rural Methodism in Oklahoma, Thomas Oden discovered Marx, Nietzsche and Freud storming into his mind's eye. He joined the post-World warfare II pacifist circulate and have become enamored with each element of the Nineteen Fifties' ecumenical scholar Christian circulation. Ten years earlier than America's access into the Vietnam struggle he fashionable Ho Chi Min as an agrarian patriot. For Oden, each flip was once a left turn.
At Yale he earned his PhD lower than H. Richard Niebuhr and later met with probably the most bold minds of the era―enjoying conversations with Gadamer, Bultmann and Pannenberg in addition to a long dialogue with Karl Barth at a makeshift place of work in his medical institution room. whereas touring together with his relations via Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and bought his first flavor of historic Christianity. And slowly, he stopped making left turns.
Oden's enthusiasms for pacifism, ecumenism and the interface among theology and psychotherapy have been ambushed via assorted shapes of fact. but it was once a problem from a Jewish pupil, his pal and mentor Will Herberg, that caused his so much dramatic turn―back to the nice minds of old Christianity. Later a gathering with then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Benedict XVI) planted the seeds for what grew to become Odens hugely influential Ancient Christian observation on Scripture. This interesting memoir walks us via not just his own background yet one of the most memorable chapters in twentieth-century theology.
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